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Confederations Cup Preview: teams and star players

18 June, 2017, 02:08 | Author: Glenda Knight
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Foreign fans coming to Russian Federation for the tournament are being allowed to enter the country without a visa and can stay for 10 days after the final on July 2, if they would like to tour host cities Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan.

Ahead of their first game at the Confederations Cup against Russian Federation on Sunday (NZT), All Whites captain Chris Wood admits that the small European nation have provided a template for underdogs at major tournaments.

Besides Russia and New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico, Cameroon, Chile, Australia and Germany have also sent their national teams to participate in the cup.

Germany kick off their Group B matches against Australia on Monday.

Russian Federation have failed to sell out for the opening game against New Zealand in the near £1billion new Krestovsky Stadium, with 44,000 of the 51,000 sold, despite cheapest tickets being £13.

World champions Germany and the champions from FIFA's six confederations are competing in the two-week tournament that will allow Russian Federation to test its soccer infrastructure in four of the 11 cities hosting World Cup matches. It is despite the notable absences of players such as Artem Dzyuba, Alan Dzagoev and Roman Neustadter.

Russia's opening goal had an ugly finish after two pretty pieces of individual skill once the All-Whites defense needlessly lost the ball. "That is not only the 20 world champions but also others who have since joined us and we want to deliver a good performance".

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Russia, who are ranked 63rd in FIFA's global rankings, have been plagued with injuries and at least five players have been ruled out of the tournament.

Report informs that the 8th competition is like test before the 2018 World Cup.

I'd much rather be in our position than Russia's.

"Nothing is going to change", Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio said Saturday, a day before Portugal's Confederations Cup debut against Mexico in Kazan. That's how it is. "We are looking forward to it, we are not panicking, we are not anxious", said Hudson.

They also have in Sandro Wanger, a risky striker in hot form, looking to force his way in to a regular starting place in the side. Head coach Anthony Hudson of the New Zealand All Whites reacting during a Crusaders media session.

The star of the Kiwis is Chris Wood from Leeds United and Winston Reid.

Russia's midfielder Igor Smolnikov. Finally, Russia's attack is going to be headed by Fedor Smolov and Aleksandr Golovin. New Zealand can catch the game on Saturday, June 17. Kickoff time is at 4 p.m.

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